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RICHARD GERE is one of our foremost American actors, known for his roles in
films such as "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Days of
Heaven," "American Gigolo," "Yanks," "Pretty
Woman," "First Knight," and in Paramount Pictures highly
successful courtroom drama "Primal Fear." He also starred in MGM's
political thriller "Red Corner" directed by Jon Avnet and in Michael
Caton-Jones' remake of "The Jackal" for Universal Pictures.
Gere starred in Paramount Pictures' blockbuster romantic comedy "Runaway
Bride," in which he reunited with his "Pretty Woman" director
Garry Marshall, and co-star Julia Roberts.
Gere began acting at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a
philosophy major. After spending full sessions with the Provincetown Playhouse
and Seattle Repertory Theatre he performed in a number of New York plays,
notably the title role in "Richard Farina: Long Time Coming and Long Time
Gone," in addition to two plays by Sam Shepard, "Back Bog Beast
Bait" and "Killer's Head."
His career was established with performances in the Broadway rock opera
"Soon" and the New York production of the British farce "Habeas
Corpus," and he won widespread recognition playing Danny Zuko in the
Broadway and London productions of the hit musical "Grease."
An accomplished classical actor, Gere's many credits include the Lincoln
Center presentation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and London's Young
Vic Theatre production of "The Taming of the Shrew."
Gere's motion picture debut came in 1978 with the OscarÂ® honored "Days
of Heaven," for which he received the Italian equivalent of the Academy
AwardÂ®. He followed this with "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" with Diane
Keaton, "Bloodbrothers," John Schlesinger's "Yanks" and
Gere returned to the Broadway stage in "Bent," winning the Theatre
World Academy Award and rave reviews for his role as a homosexual prisoner at
the Dachau concentration camp who loses his life rather than deny his identity.
His next film was the 1982 blockbuster "An Officer and a
Gentleman," followed by "Breathless," "Beyond the
Limit," "The Cotton Club," "Power," "No
Mercy," and "Miles From Home."
In 1990, Gere received box-office acclaim for his portrayal of a corrupt cop
in "Internal Affairs" and starred opposite Julia Roberts in the year's
top-grossing picture, "Pretty Woman." The following year, he made a
guest appearance in Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's "Rhapsody in
Gere is actively involved in developing projects and has executive produced
"Final Analysis," "Mr. Jones," and "Sommersby."
He was the first actor to agree to appear in "And The Band Played
On," the HBO adaptation of Randy Shilts' book about the first five years of
AIDS in America. Gere played the role of a fictional choreographer.
He was most recently seen in MGM's "Autumn in New York" directed by
Joan Chen, co-starring Winona Ryder and starring in "Dr. T and the
Women," directed by Robert Altman, co-starring Helen Hunt and Liv Tyler.
A student and friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Gere, for over twenty
years, has made numerous journeys throughout India, Nepal, Zanskar and Tibet,
Mongolia and China. He is an accomplished photographer who has worked
extensively within these regions. His first book, PILGRIM, recently published by
Little, Brown and Company, is a collection of images that represent his
twenty-five year journey into Buddhism. With a foreword by His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, the book is Gere's personal vision of this ancient and spiritual
An outspoken human rights advocate, Gere has done much to draw attention to
the tragedy that has been unfolding in Tibet under Chinese occupation. He is the
founder of the Gere Foundation, which contributes to numerous health education
and human rights projects and is especially dedicated to promoting awareness of
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